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Spruills make sure each peanut expense counts

Dennis and Katrine Spruill of Como, N.C. are the 2019 Peanut Efficiency Award winners for the upper Southeast.

John Hart, Associate Editor

July 8, 2019

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For Dennis and Katrine Spruill, the key to efficiency depends  on making sure each expense offers a return on investment while doing all they can to build yields.

The strategy works. The Spruills of Como, N.C. are the 2019 Peanut Efficiency Award winners for the upper Southeast. Another key to efficiency for the family is emphasizing team work and getting the help and support of others to get the job done.

While the Spruilsl emphasize that managing expenses is an important key to efficiency, they say  better peanut varieties today and the better crop protection products now available are vital to their  success.

Dennis has been farming fulltime near Como, North Carolina since graduating from high school in 1978. Wife Katrine has farmed with him since they were married in 1981. Son Denton, 32, has been a part of the operation for 10 years now. The family farms land in both Hertford County, N.C. and across the state line in Southampton County, Virginia.

About the Author(s)

John Hart

Associate Editor, Southeast Farm Press

John Hart is associate editor of Southeast Farm Press, responsible for coverage in the Carolinas and Virginia. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to joining Southeast Farm Press, John was director of news services for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. He also has experience as an energy journalist. For nine years, John was the owner, editor and publisher of The Rice World, a monthly publication serving the U.S. rice industry.  John also worked in public relations for the USA Rice Council in Houston, Texas and the Cotton Board in Memphis, Tenn. He also has experience as a farm and general assignments reporter for the Monroe, La. News-Star.

John is a native of Lake Charles, La. and is a  graduate of the LSU School of Journalism in Baton Rouge.  At LSU, he served on the staff of The Daily Reveille.

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